FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gov. Hutchinson Provides Updates on Disaster Declarations & State’s Efforts in Aftermath of Storms
LITTLE ROCK – To date, Governor Asa Hutchinson has issued disaster declarations for 32 of Arkansas’s 75 counties (DR 15-42; DR 15-43; and DR 15-45) following severe storms over the weekend that caused heavy flooding and extensive damage throughout the state. As damage assessments continue, additional counties may be added.
The Governor’s Office has compiled a list of ongoing efforts by the state in the storm aftermath. They are as follows:
- The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is:
- …monitoring the situation 24/7 from the State Emergency Operations Center.
- …holding daily conference calls with county leadership.
- …staying in constant communication with the National Weather Service.
- National Guard units have been staged to assist with both sand bag operations and high water transportation.
- State Police are providing additional patrols in evacuated areas.
- The Department of Correction has provided inmates to assist with sand bag operations.
- The Forestry Department is actively assisting with debris cleanup.
- Arkansas Game and Fish is assisting with swift water rescues.
Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:
“In conjunction with General Berry, Colonel Bryant and Director Maxwell, I am actively monitoring the situation across the state and am pleased to report that agencies have been working -- and continue to work -- diligently on all fronts following the weekend’s severe weather.
“As cleanup efforts are underway, the safety of our citizens continues to be my chief concern. I encourage all Arkansans to use an abundance of caution even now after the storms have passed as flood waters continue to be an issue throughout much of the state. I particularly want to express appreciation for the work of our first responders and the Department of Correction in their relief efforts.”